CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen plans 2nd site

After three years of serving homestyle, made-from-scratch Jamaican fare at its 20-seat restaurant at 1070 N. North Swan Road, CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen is planning a second location.

The new restaurant, 5305 E. Speedway, could open as early as next month, said Charlene Wilson, daughter of husband-and-wife owners Cardell and Deon Harrison.

Wilson said the new location will seat 50 to 60 diners.

CeeDee Jamaican Kitchen’s menu draws from the family’s extensive background in Jamaican food. Wilson said the family does not rely on recipes so much as memory, creating authentic Jamaican dishes that employ curry, oxtails, beef, chicken, fish and goat.

The Swan Road restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Mondays.

Cartel Coffee Lab

to open downtown

Cartel Coffee Lab plans to open its second Tucson location in mid-December next to Thunder Canyon Brewery on Broadway and South Herbert Avenue.

Next summer, the Tempe-based company is planning a 3,000-square-foot roasting facility next to Borderlands Brewery on Toole Avenue. Cartel Coffee Lab will set up a coffee cart outside that building in January, company officials said.

The downtown location, 210 E. Broadway, will be its first to feature a custom, wood-fired oven. The shop will have a bistro-style, counter-service menu that will include pizzas, pastries, artisan breads, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads.

Cartel Coffee Lab opened its first location in Tucson in 2009 at 2502 N. Campbell Ave. The company has three locations in the Phoenix area.

Great Wall serving sushi, dim sum

Great Wall of China has added Japanese fare to its extensive Asian offerings, and is serving dim sum on weekends.

The 30-year-old restaurant, 2445 S. Craycroft Road , started serving sushi a few weeks ago when longtime Tucson sushi chef Noel Almendros joined the kitchen. Almendros, a native of the Philippines, cooked eight years at Sushi Hama and did a short stint for Mr. An’s on Oracle Road.

“We have already diversified our Asian cuisine, so adding sushi makes sense,” said owner David Le, who bought Great Wall of China from Kwang C. An — aka Mr. An — 18 months ago.

Great Wall’s sushi menu includes tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallops, shrimp and crab, as well as Almendros’s signature rolls, including popcorn lobster, Wild Cat roll and the Hawaiian roll.

Le said Great Wall China will serve dim sum — think small plates including dumplings, pot stickers, roasted duck, chicken-rice wraps and salty shrimp — from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The menu is the brainchild of veteran dim sum chef Chitian Huang, who arrived about a month ago from his native China. Le said Huang specializes in dim sum and Cantonese and Szechuan cooking.

Sushi prices run $4.95 to $11.95, and dim sum is $2.50 to $5.95 per plate. Great Wall of China is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for dim sum.

Seasonal menus

all about fall foods

Several Tucson restaurants have rolled out fall menus.Here’s a sample what you can expect.

Tucson Tamale Company, 2545 E. Broadway, tucsontamale.com: Think traditional turkey dinner — fresh roasted turkey, cranberry, celery, carrots and onion — tucked into a fresh sage masa shell. Bonus: It’s basically gluten-free. (Available only until year’s end.) Also pumpkin tamales with brown sugar sweetened roasted pumpkin.

Ghini’s French Caffe, 1803 E. Prince Road; ghiniscafe.com: Thyme crusted ahi tuna, butternut squash and sage cream pasta and a sausage and mushroom braised ragout served over soft butter polenta are new additions to the Friday night bistro menu.

Union Public House, 4340 N. Campbell Ave., in St. Philip’s Plaza, uniontucson.com: Wild caught Scottish salmon sided with parmesan barley risotto, slow braised pork osso buco, and venison.

Gold at Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road; westwardlook.com: Braised short-rib pasta pillows, butternut squash and Granny Smith apple soup, rabbit mushroom ragout over pappardelle pasta and winter squash risotto.

The Abbey, 6960 E. Sunrise Drive, theabbeytucson.com: Housemade pumpkin pasta anchors the pumpkin lasagna stuffed with roasted butternut squash, tomatoes and Brussels leaves with brown butter hazelnut sauce; and a shepherd’s pie.

Send us Christmas, New Year’s dining deals

Attention restaurants: We’re looking for your Christmas and New Year’s Eve dining deals. To include your dining plans in our roundup, submit your information at dailystarcalendar.com and enter your information under “holiday dining.” The deadline is Dec. 3, and it will run in Caliente on Dec. 12.

Cathalena E. Burch

and Hannah Gaber

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.